First Look: Genesis Open Scotland
The Genesis Scottish Open debuts as a co-sanctioned event between the DP World Tour and the PGA TOUR with a field comprised of members from both tours.
Scottie Scheffler, who sits both at the top of the FedExCup and in the world rankings, is leading the way, while 14 of the top 15 in the world are set to do so.
FIELD NOTES: There will be 75 PGA TOUR golfers on the course, 75 from the DP World Tour, three from the KPGA, and three unrestricted sponsor waivers… The 75 PGA TOUR players are drawn from those who qualified for the 2021 Tour Championship, sponsor waivers, and the best players available from the FedExCup leaderboard through to the US Open… Many notables play the game in Scotland, including last season’s FedExCup champion Patrick Cantlay, recent Travelers winner and reigning Olympic gold medalist Xander Schauffele, PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas, Masters champion Scottie Scheffler and former world No. 1 Jon Rahm… Matt Fitzpatrick, who lost in the Open playoffs Scotland a year ago, will play for the first time since their US Open triumph… Min Woo Lee, who beat Fitzpatrick and Thomas Detry in a three-way elimination series at last year’s Scottish Open , returns to defend… Bob MacIntyre is the Scotsman s the highest ranked who is currently playing. He is looking to become the first local to win the Scottish Open since Colin Montgomerie in 1999. … Padraig Harrington, who has been a consultant for the Renaissance Club, is on the court after winning the US Senior Open. …Will Zalatoris is atop the DP World Tour Ranking thanks to his second-place finishes at the last two majors. Last year, Collin Morikawa became the first American to win the DP World Tour’s single-season race and Billy Horschel became the first American since Arnold Palmer to win the DP World Tour’s flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship. . Zalatoris, Morikawa and Horschel, who just won the Memorial Tournament presented by Workday, are on the court at the Renaissance Club.
FEDEXCUP: The winner receives 500 FedExCup points.
CLASSES: The Renaissance Club, par 71, 7,293 yards (distance subject to change). Opened in 2007 in North Berwick, the Renaissance Club has already hosted numerous golf championships. This year will mark the fourth edition of the Scottish Open which will be contested at the Tom Doak design. The course is located between two iconic link layouts, North Berwick and the historic Muirfield, which is still part of the Open rotation. The Renaissance Club had an average score of 17 under, but has a reputation for being a tight driving course.
Each of the three previous editions of the Genesis Scottish Open contested at the Renaissance Club have gone to the playoffs.
STORY LINES: In terms of rosters, the 2022 Genesis Scottish Open is expected to be the strongest in non-major DP World Tour history… This is the first year that the Genesis Scottish Open has been co-sanctioned between the PGA TOUR and DP World Round. It is one of three events with such distinction. The Barbasol championship, disputed this week in Kentucky, is one of them, with the Barracuda championship, which will be played next week opposite the Open Championship. The three co-sanctioned events are just one example of the strengthened strategic alliance between the PGA TOUR and the DP World Tour. … The Genesis Scottish Open offers three places in The Open to the top three who are not already exempt, provided they also finish in the top 10 at Renaissance.
RECORD 72 HOLES: 262, Bernd Wiesberger (2019)
RECORD 18 HOLES: 61, Bernd Wiesberger (2nd round, 2019)
LAST TIME: Min Woo Lee beat Matt Fitzpatrick and Thomas Detry in the playoffs with a birdie on the first extra hole to win for the second time on the DP World Tour. Lee, who shot a sizzling 64 on Sunday, topped a serious field that included Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas – who both finished in the top 10. There was a 90-minute weather delay at the end of the final round, but that did not cancel Lee. momentum, who had previously birdied six in a row. Winner of the DP World Tour the previous week, Lucas Herbert (he won the Irish Open) finished one shot away from joining the playoffs at under 18. Lee and Detry moved up places in the Open Championship with their results alongside England’s Jack Senior, who finished tied for 10th.
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